It’s been a fantastic long weekend. The weather has been gorgeous, in the low seventies, sunny, and a nice breeze. It’s good to have the windows open again! I’ve spent my time just as I’d planned – catching up on long neglected chores around the house and finally finishing the last of the remodeling items in the kitchen! (Well, almost anyway. I still have to paint one wall and that will be finished by the end of the day today.)
So this weekend, we installed new light fixtures. Here you can see the new light over the sink. The window valance is new too. I liked it because it has wine bottles and glasses on it.
And here you can see the new ceiling light. I wanted something more than just your basic, run-of-the-mill kitchen light, but it was a challenge because we don’t have vaulted ceilings. We found this one at Lowe’s and for a relatively low price too. The ceiling is going to need some clean-up and repair from where the old fluorescent light was. Try not to notice, okay?
And here’s a close-up of the back-splash. I think I’ve posted this before, but I just love it. The accent strip is interspersed with glass tiles. I’m so happy with the way this turned out! Also note in this picture, my kitchen essentials… the Kitchen-Aide and Pampered Chef’s version of the Slap-Chopper.
What you see here is a set of hand-carved camels. These were my mom’s, a gift from an acquaintance of hers when she worked in the International division at 3-M. She was an executive assistant and she was really well liked, so she was often the recipient of gifts from around the world. When we cleaned my parents’ basement a few weeks back, we came across these. My mom didn’t want them anymore, but also didn’t want to just toss them. I took them, and they’ve been in the china cabinet since then, until a better place for them can be found. Hailey likes to rearrange them and surprise me with new locations for them. I don’t think the microwave is likely to become the camels’ permanent home.
Last week, I discovered them here…. in the refrigerator!
So… the kitchen is almost all the way done. And since we’re hosting my dad’s 70th birthday party here next weekend, we’ve got incentive to get those last little things done.
A good long weekend. I needed it.